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Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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Office of

Ben Nelson


Total cost of 39 office trips: $102,005.00


Trips by Ben Nelson
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $36,994.83

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $5,162.60
source

Destination: SHERIDAN, WYOMING
Sponsor: Big Horn Canyon Ranch Hunting Club
Purpose: TO ADDRESS MEMBERS OF BIG HORN CANYON RANCH HUNTING CLUB
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,353.00
source

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: MASSMUTUAL FINANCIAL GROUP
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH TO THE ASSOCIATION OF LIFE INSURANCE COUNCIL
Date: May 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,348.50
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Clean Fuels Development Coalition
Purpose: DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO CLEAN FUELS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL'S ANNUAL EVENT
Date: May 6, 2002
Expense: $45.00
source

Destination: MOOSE LAKE, ALASKA
Sponsor: JIM JANSEN
Purpose: FACTFINDING ON ALASKA ISSUES
Date: Aug 9, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $1,750.00
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: STATE BAR OF TEXAS
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 13, 2003
Expense: $1,618.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jun 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,642.60
source

Destination: SIOUX CITY, IOWA
Sponsor: Kutak Rock
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT ON CONFLICT ON IRAQ, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT PONCA STATE PARK DECIATION CEREMONY
Date: Oct 12, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,898.88
source

Destination: CAMILLA, GA
Sponsor: MidAmerican Energy Co
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Nov 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,128.00
source

Destination: DALLAS, TX
Sponsor: Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Purpose: LUNCHEON
Date: Dec 11, 2003
Expense: $627.00
source

Destination: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jerusalem Fund for Education & Community Development
Purpose: TO RECEIVE THE FRIEND OF ZION AWARD
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $12,850.00
source

Destination: RENO, NV
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $129.00
source

Destination: COLUMBUS, OHIO
Sponsor: NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 20, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $217.00
source

Destination: WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA
Sponsor: Canadian Wheat Board
Purpose: GRAIN WORLD AND CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD DINNER
Date: Feb 22, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,011.47
source

Destination: CANADA
Sponsor: Government of Canada
Purpose: AGRICULTURE TOUR OF ALBERTA FOR US CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS
Date: Sep 21, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,695.92
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: National Association of Manufacturers
Purpose: SPEAK TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS DURING THEIR FULL BOARD SESSION
Date: Mar 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,517.36
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Ben Nelson

Jason Briggs
David Culver
David Dimartino
Ben Hansen
Eric Pierce
Amy Tejral
James Vavricek
Kim Zimmerman



American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

Recent Posts

  • 08.19.14

    Paul Tough on how children succeed

    Paul Tough talks about his new book, How Children Succeed. He says it's character that matters when it comes to learning. Children need curiosity, optimism and self-control.
  • 08.12.14

    Tracking and vocational ed

    Jeannie Oakes, who has studied tracking for decades, says vocational ed and "tracking" are connected, and that sorting students by race and class is still a problem.
  • 08.04.14

    Reinventing college for a new kind of student

    Long-predicted demographic changes mean a new kind of student is figuring out where to go to college, and how to pay for it.
  • 07.29.14

    Is school funding fair?

    A new report looks at why some schools have a lot of money to spend per pupil, while others don't, and what to do about it.